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The other day, somewhat on a whim, I walked around downtown Chicago for a while and stopped random strangers and asked if they were happy. I carried a notebook and identified myself as a reporter and wrote down what they said, and though I've done my...
In the category of “high-class problems,” having a show whose return is anticipated so feverishly that it’s inevitably going to be something of a letdown is pretty near the top of the list, but that’s the cross that Matt Weiner,...
The Alabama Legislature has created a path to pardon for nine black teenagers known as the Scottsboro boys, who were falsely accused of raping two white women more than eight decades ago in one of the more infamous episodes in the racist South. On...
Most people remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January for his birthday. We certainly do at Fairview Community Church. We always hold a special service in honor of his legacy. But remembering his birth and remembering his death are two...
The last time viewers caught a glimpse of Roger Sterling, the rakishly charming advertising executive played by John Slattery on "Mad Men," he stood naked looking out a hotel window, arms raised in a state of LSD-induced bliss. The image of Roger's bare...
Chicago Tribune reporterTwo years before his assassination, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rented an apartment in Chicago. At the time, blacks and whites here lived lives as firmly separated as in the Deep South, where his civil rights crusade had begun. African-Americans faced...
I grew up in the 1950s in a sports-deprived area of southeast Georgia. Except for a not-so-close and generally unnoticed Georgia Florida league baseball farm team, there was no major league baseball, football or basketball. Sports meant cow pasture...
Tags: Vietnam War (1955-1975), Baseball, Sports, Sociology, Culture
People close to Bettye Durham Smith say she probably touched just about every life in Sanford in one way or another during three terms as mayor and decades in civic service. Smith, who served as Sanford's first female mayor from 1985 to 1997, died...
This was an unusual sight, a group of black foster teens eating matzoh, singing Passover songs and reciting the Four Questions. JaQuan Smith, 18, wore a yarmulke on his head, but he was hesitant to loosen his tie when Rabbi David Spey told him it was...
Tags: Fort Lauderdale, FBI, Judaism, Matzoh, Passover Seder
Roanoke Police say the suspicious package attached to the metal supports of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge was an art project. The investigation continues but police say a person placed what appeared to be a soda can wrapped in duct tape...
Thursday marks 45 years since the death of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thursday, folks will come together for a prayer vigil at the MLK Bridge in downtown Roanoke, to mark the anniversary. A man named James Earl Ray shot and...
On the eve of my 1968 spring break, fellow students and I packed into a small room to watch a theater production of D. H. Lawrence’s short story, “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” A young woman behind me squeezed into the seat that her friends...
Mar 1, 2013 |Column| Chicago Tribune
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